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Jul
20
1974 Toyota Celica GT

1974 Toyota Celica GT

Battered by inflation, an energy crisis, and new low-lead gasoline, the American car shoppers of 1974 really weren’t in the mood for happy advertising that promised ethereal virtues such as spirit, pride of ownership, or neighborhood one-upmanship.

Jul
17
1953 Packard Clipper

1953 Packard Clipper

There’s no question that Packard is out of business, but there is some disagreement as to when the company really wrapped things up. Though the Packard brand officially died after 1958, some purists consider 1956 to be the marque’s final year, as that was the last time the automaker built its own cars based on its own designs and technology.

Jul
12
1990 Chrysler TC by Maserati

1990 Chrysler TC by Maserati

It is a general expectation that when two separate companies cooperate to develop a product, said product would represent the best that each partner has to offer.

Jul
10
1977 Chrysler 318

The Chrysler corporate 318-cubic-inch engine was the smallest V8 available in the 1977 Plymouth Fury.

Car-guy discussions regarding automotive downsizing usually center on styling. I have done my share of kvetching about how a few model lines that were “resized” in the late Seventies and early Eighties came off looking like caricatures of the cars they replaced.

Jul
07
1952 Kaiser Manhattan

1952 Kaiser Manhattan

One of the easiest shortcuts in marketing is to name a product for a well-regarded geographic location. In doing so, a company can evoke the charm/ruggedness/sophistication/opulence of said place, thus saving considerable advertising time and effort.

Jul
05
1970 Chrysler Imperial Review

1970 Chrysler LeBaron Imperial

For 2017, Consumer Guide awarded 43 Best Buys across 20 different vehicle categories. You can check out all of our 2017 Best Buys here.

Jun
28
1971 Pontiac LeMans

1971 Pontiac LeMans

A few readers who checked out our Fastest Cars of 1971 post expressed some dismay—and incredulity—that all of ranked vehicles posted 0-60-mph times within just one second of each other. In fact, those cars all posted times within half a second of each other.

Jun
23
1973 Plymouth Road Runner

1973 Plymouth Road Runner

If you were even partially hip on current events in 1973, you likely recall the OPEC Oil Crisis.

Jun
21
1975 Ford Mustang II Mach 1

1975 Ford Mustang II Mach 1

If you give the Ford Mustang credit for anything, it should be resiliency. Introduced in 1964 as a ’65 model, the Mustang has been in continuous production ever since.

Jun
19
1971 Plymouth Barracuda

1971 Plymouth Barracuda

Statisticians refer to groups of similar-value data points as clusters. In fact, there is a field of study known as cluster analysis, which looks to identify common threads linking cluster elements to each other.

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